Air China will launch a second daily nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Beijing on September 1.
The new flight, which Air China will operate with Boeing 747-400s, is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11 a.m., and then depart again for Beijing Capital International Airport at 1:20 p.m.
According to Air China, the additional flight will not only double the booking choices for passengers, especially business travelers bound for Beijing or onward to domestic Chinese cities, but will also create excellent connections to important Asian destinations such as India, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.
“Our second flight out of LAX will allow passengers to conveniently and easily proceed to other cities in China, Asia and elsewhere in the world, effectively increasing our competitiveness, market share and penetration,” says Dr. Zhihang Chi, Air China’s vice president and general manager for North America. “Beijing and beyond will be well served by this new flight, making China’s capital city a true global hub. This new flight demonstrates our commitment to and confidence in the U.S. market, particularly the U.S. West Coast and Los Angeles.”
According to Air China, a study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation shows that an international nonstop flight contributes $623 million annually to the local economy and supports 3,100 local jobs.
On March 26, 2010, Air China made a major investment in the California economy when it inaugurated its company-owned building in El Segundo, which serves as the headquarters for the airline’s North America operations.
In July 2011 Air China will take delivery of the first of 15 Boeing 777-300ERs. Featuring private suites in Forbidden Pavilion First Class and flat beds in Capital Pavilion Business Class, the aircraft will gradually replace the 747-400s that Air China now uses for its transpacific flights.
The international carrier’s growth in North America also extends to its Vancouver gateway. On March 27, 2011 Air China will increase its service frequency on the Vancouver-Beijing route from 10 to 12 round-trips per week. Bookings for the additional flights are now open.
Air China is the only national flag carrier of China and is the only airline that provides daily nonstop flights to Beijing from Los Angeles. In addition to its Vancouver gateway, Air China also operates daily nonstop flights to Beijing from New York and San Francisco.
A member of Star Alliance, Air China is also the world’s largest airline by market capitalization, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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